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Claire Tomkins

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The Truth About Subsidies

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 2:39 PM

A tall, dark, and handsome man walked into the room He paused, shook his head gently, and greeted his guest. "Hello," he lied.

Although this line, which I love, was first introduced in a 1990s satire of Hollywood life, it could easily be transferred to a modern-day satire of...

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China Crud

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:41 PM

A few years ago, I visited China for the first time with my husband and debated moving there. The economy was booming, we had many connections, and he was an avid Chinaphile. Also, the Chinese government seemed to get "green" a whole lot more than its U.S. counterpart.

I was...

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We Don't Miss Sexism and We Won't Miss Energy Waste

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 10:23 AM

You only have to watch a few episodes of Mad Men to reflect on the fact that our social norms change with time. Thankfully, we've moved on from an office culture defined by sexism, tobacco and excessive lunch-time drinking -- three-martini luncheon anyone? And yet we've managed to preserve some...

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California Is Leading: Will the Nation Follow?

(107) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 11:05 AM

What do the iPhone, the silicone breast implant and the solar panel have in common?

Each has the most users in California. The companies that designed and marketed them are here, too.

California is the state of cutting edge, of firsts. We're Hollywood, Silicon Valley, gay rights, the...

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Bumpy Ride to Electric Vehicle Ownership

(17) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:52 AM

It's not always easy being green.

A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I test drove a Chevrolet Volt. We liked the "concept car" look of the Volt and, as (green) tech geeks, we were particularly captivated by the revolutionary engine design. As MotorTrend wrote, the Volt...

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